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Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A Bread Baker's Dream Come True

Odd as it may sound, I read this book cover to cover after buying it yesterday at my local B&N. I love to bake bread, and the author's philosophy when it comes to baking the perfect loaf made the book impossible to put down. Reading through the formulas, even the begi...
Odd as it may sound, I read this book cover to cover after buying it yesterday at my local B&N. I love to bake bread, and the author's philosophy when it comes to baking the perfect loaf made the book impossible to put down. Reading through the formulas, even the beginning baker can see how the 12 steps described in the first chapter apply to each type of bread. Today I made the Greek Celebration Bread, and the Brioche based bread with cheese and salami (certain to delight my father-in-law).

posted by Anonymous on December 25, 2006

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3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

A stress inducing cookbook

I spent a few days reading this book, trying to decide what bread I would make and just became more and more stressed about it. I have a huge collection of cookbooks and cook extensively, but this one was over the top for me. It is very esoteric. I'm sure the bread wo...
I spent a few days reading this book, trying to decide what bread I would make and just became more and more stressed about it. I have a huge collection of cookbooks and cook extensively, but this one was over the top for me. It is very esoteric. I'm sure the bread would be great if you had the time to learn the techniques, find the ingredients, and make it. I returned it and bought Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. It's much more accessible for someone who isn't ready to bake bread full time!

posted by 632273 on February 9, 2009

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  • Posted December 10, 2009

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    Good Textbook For The Serious, But Non-Professional, Baker

    Having received the book well after the publication date, it serendipitiously came after many years when I was determined once again to learn how to bake real bread--having then just read some French papers on the subject. Much of it is counter-intuitive, which is why bread baking is the hardest thing in the world to do with only four ingredients, but it certainly puts "paid" to the question of how one village baker could supply enough bread for the whole village. Through the years more chemistry has been understood in the baking process, so this book will be, in my estimation, the new foundation of the science of baking. It is not a particularly good book to actually bake by while at the oven however, but see Reinhart's "Artisan Breads Every Day" for that.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    Very good

    My go-to recipe books are usually from the America's Test Kitchen series, but I wanted to go further with how to make really good bread. This book was everything I was looking for:

    -Reinhart is a conversational author, which works really well with the apprentice theme the title hints at.
    -The list of included bread "formulas" has a lot of delicious sounding things, and I want to try most of them.
    -The bagels and white sandwich bread I made were both very tasty.

    You'll be surprised how much you didn't know about bread when you're done reading.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

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    Beginner bread bakers

    This book is great for information and background on bread baking; my son actually recommended it to me!! It is easy to use and a great reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    Great guide to baking

    I've made several recipes from this book so far and have enjoyed both the process and the final product. Highly recommended.

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